"A Christian parish becomes its best self when it accepts the challenge of community. The parish community, as the real expression of a local church, cannot limit its attention to the search for justice and intimacy among its own members; it must be prepared to take up the cross, standing against evil and injustice wherever they exist in the world...."
-Nathan Mitchell, Liturgy, vol. 1, no. 2, 1980. Quoted in A Christmas Sourcebook (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 1984), p. 146.
"The heart of Christianity is the self-emptying, kenotic humility of God expressed in Jesus the Christ... At the heart of God's humility is this: God willingly is wounded."
-Maggie Ross, Seasons of Death and Life: A Wilderness Memoir. San Francisco, Harper and Row, 1990.
Image: The Baptism, Menologion of Basil II, p. 299, late 10th or early 11th cent.